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Stress and Illness

A Virus

A virus, like the Little 'Un and I have had!

The weekend didn’t go exactly as I hoped! The Little ‘Un was acting out of character on Saturday, crying a lot and being off his food where generally he is the happiest baby I know and likes to eat everything you give him. We kept him up late and he kind of slept on Deanne until the end of Dr Who at which point we took his temperature again and the thermometer had changed to amber from green suggesting that his temperature was up.

So Deanne and I took him to QMC, getting there at about 8pm and got him looked at! After a few tests and some questions they said they thought he had a virus and just to keep him dosed up on Calpol and Baby Nurofen and to keep him undressed as much as possible to keep him from getting too warm. We arrived home again after midnight, tired and slightly terrified but frankly happy that it wasn’t anything worse.

We spent most of Sunday relaxing together and making sure he was okay.

My blood sugars through this weren’t too bad but they started going up from when I woke up on Monday. Deanne suggested that it may have been stress but I thought this was a bit odd as usually stress induces low blood sugar for me, I didn’t do anything about it until I had spent most of Tuesday being high as well, at dinner time on Tuesday I told my monitor that I was ill and it gave me an extra 1.3 units of insulin on top of the 6.4 I was getting for dinner and an adjustment dose. This appeared to have the desired affect because when I did a blood test at ten ‘o clock I was 7.8 which is still a bit high but not too bad.

I spent most of last night in bed from about 19:30 as I was just too worn out to cope with being up. I guess this may have been a mixture of actually being ill as well as the stress from Saturday and Sunday on top ot it.

Anyway, this morning I was 18.3 mmol/l so I gave myself another illness setting but then at 10:19 decided that I’d also wind up my basal rate by 10%, which I have kept up ever since and have finally got back to more or less normal again the last three tests I have done getting a 4.6, a 5.4 and a 5.8. I think I will continue along this vein for the rest of the day and hopefully will have fought off whatever the virus is by tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Long Weekend Ahoy

Bank Holiday Forecast

What will probably happen this weekend!

I’m quite cheerful this afternooon because I’m off work until Wednesday because the University likes to extend alot of bank holidaysso we can get away from the students for a bit longer.

Yesterdays fasting results did not drop like a rock after five, in fact the last two were a 6.3 and a 9.2 so I’m not sure that really tells me anything other than I don’t really know what’s going on!

Volleyball was good last night, didn’t use the exercise setting or a temporary basal rate, I just had 6 Jelly Babies over the course of the evening and ended up with a BM of 7.8 at the end of the session, rising to 9.9 by the time I got home and had supper half an hour later so maybe didn’t need that many?

Anyway, it’s pretty much time to go home for me and I have a couple of things to do before I go so I’ll bid you all a good bank holiday weekend and speak to you again next week.

Perfect 5

Five

Will my blood sugar drop at five?

Didn’t manage the fasting yesterday either but I’ve been doing it this afternoon and it’s looking quite promising so far, all tests have pretty much been around the 5mmol/l mark so that is fine. It’ll be interesting to see if it drops at the 5 or 6 o’clock tests?

Not sure if I’ll make it to volleyball tonight as Deanne is travelling home from a meeting and isn’t likely to get home until 7:30 or 8.

Only other thing is that I tried leaving the old infusion set in for an hour on Tuesday night but still woke up at 14.4mmol/l on Wednesday morning so I either need to leave it in longer or just do a blood test and have an adjustment dose before I go to sleep after a changeover.

Low and Lower

Sad Face

Rubbish!

Seem to have been low a lot of today so didn’t manage to even start my fasting, think it’s something to do with what I’ve been doing at work so will have to try fasting again tomorrow.

Oh well, lucky there is no timescale on perfect control!

Mine’s A Pint

A Pint

Mine's A Pint

What a long weekend that seemed!

Volleyball on Thursday night went okay, I had two Bounty bars (about 33 grams of CHO each) and that seemed to very nicely get me through volleyball, coming out the other side with a BM of 4.9mmol/l, it stayed exactly the same between my post practice blood test at 21:59 and the test I did before I ate at 22:10, which mildly surprised me!

Friday was a bit stressful as I had to mosey over to Clifton to try and sort out some problems people have been having with some new software that I’m helping get installed on peoples’ laptops around the University. I finished work at 16:30 which is admittedly when I should (but rarely wait so long to) finish work on a Friday but usually I jump on a bus straight home whereas this time I had to get to town first.

However Deanne and the Little ‘Un decided they would meet me there and we could have a drink somewhere so we did, which was nice, then we had to go home (which took longer than normal due to some roadworks), feed ourselves, put the boy to bed and then I had to get ready to go out.

Went out with four of the guys from my NCT “having a baby” class, we’ve known each other for about 18 months and occasionally go out on the town together. Suffice to say that I probably drunk more than I should have and woke up the next day feeling a bit ropey, however I failed to write down any of my blood tests for that night so have no idea what my blood sugar did 😛

Saturday morning I was 16mmol/l which is kind of high, however I came to believe that I actually had something wrong with me (e.g a cold rather than a hangover) later that day ’cause I had difficulty bringing my blood sugar down all day long.

Went shopping in the afternoon and the three of us ran around town and then home for a late dinner at which my BM was 18.2mmol/l 😦

Sunday was better, started off a bit high but soon brung it down and spent most of the day within reasonable limits, even though we were doing some gardening, but the garden looks nice now.

Today I’m still sorting out software problems at work so have been back and forth to see various users in various different buildings, however blood sugar seems to be back on usual form with relatively good control most of the day then dropping in the late afternoon so I might do a fasting BM tomorrow afternoon to try and get back on track to sorting out my basal units again after a bit of a break.

Infusion Set Fun

Infusion Set Drawing

A Drawing of an Infusion Set

Well I changed my infusion set last night, usually I would do it just before or after supper time which would mean I wouldn’t have a couple of hours before I went to bed so couldn’t then take the used one out afterwards. So I changed it at about eight o’clock.

Things seemed fine initially I did a blood test at twenty past eight to see how it was going and I was 6.7mmol/l…all good so far. I waited until nearly half nine before I did another blood test and was mildly surprised to find out I was 2.7mmol/l. Oh dear! So I took the used infusion set out then and there and I think the next time I change it I will try leaving it in for less time after the changeover.

Todays been fine so far, no hypos and the highest result has been 9.4mmol/l so I’m feeling pretty good about that. I’m doubting it has anything to do with the infusion set change last night though because I had to have a few jelly babies and then have my supper after the blood test so goodness knows what that did to my overnight blood sugar?

Volleyball tonight so I’ll probably say something about that tomorrow, going to try keeping my mealtime dose the same as normal (e.g. not adjusting for exercise) and then eating while I’m playing again like last time.

Tonight’s the Night!

David Attenborough

David Attenborough

In fact I was wrong, apparently I need to change my infusion set tonight so I’ll let you know what my BM is in the morning when I post tomorrow if I get a chance!

Saw Sir David Attenborough opening a new building at work today, what an amazing bloke! I took some pictures but they weren’t particularly good because my employers managed to forget to put any lighting up 😦 however it was good to see him, this is obviously nothing to do with my insulin pump but I thought it was worth mentioning because the man is a living legend!!!

Other than that it’s All Quiet on the Western Front, things are ticking along and I’m feeling pretty good really so I’ll leave it on that high note for today.

My Eyes, My Eyes!!!

Tropicamide

1% Tropicamide

This afternoon I went for my Diabetic Retinopathy screening at Boots in town, therefore if there are any spelling mistakes in this it is down to the fact that I can’t actually read what I’m writing because the 1% tropicamide has taken effect and everything is blurry and bright.

I don’t have a great deal to say following on from the essay I wrote yesterday, what I do need to do is start preparing my talk for the Notts Type 1 group in three weeks time otherwise I’ll just end up jabbering on about whatever comes in to my head and that could be very dangerous for everybody who attends.

Oh yes, there was one thing which was possibly useful that I was told at my EDWARD follow up yesterday, looking through my blood test results it looks like I am invariably high the morning after I have changed my infusion set, it was suggested that other people have had this same problem and the way to overcome it is to leave the previous infusion set in for a couple of hours after swapping over…

I can’t really see how this works because there is nothing (e.g. no pump) pushing the remaining insulin from the infusion set in to you but being an open minded sort of chap I’ll give it a go and see if I get better post change results.

My next change is on Thursday night which is volleyball night anyway so not sure if that’ll give me a sensible post change result but I’ll try and remember to keep my eye on my post change results the next few times I do it and update you on whether it’s helped.

Busy

Busy

Busy, Busy, Busy!

In case you were wondering I’m kind of busy at work at the moment which is why I’ve been a bit quiet, blog-wise! Thankfully I’ve managed to steal a few minutes this afternoon to post an update.

I think the last time I wrote anything I was still having high blood sugars first thing in the morning and was wondering if it was something to do with my extended time off work. Well it looks like it was because I am now back to where I should be with my morning BMs, which is good.

I had a strange night last Thursday at volleyball because didn’t drop my basal rate I just had about three lots of 20 grams of carbohydrates and was fine throughout the practice and the night afterwards. Think I might try this again this week, although the season and practices are nearly over so I will then need to remember this stuff until we start back again in a couple of months.

Went to my EDWARD 12 month follow up course today, I’m quite pleased because my HbA1C test came back at 7.0mmol/l which is frankly better than it’s ever been, Admittedly my previous results were 7.8, 7.6 and 7.8 again but the main reason for that was the number of hypos I used to have, pretty sure it’s gone down or at the very least they aren’t as severe as they used to be as I seem to get warning signs in the high 3s now rather than under 3.

I built and installed a raised bed in the garden yesterday, excitement central at the Ladle house, but the reason I mention it is because I didn’t have a hypo even though it was quite good body and brain exercise. There was however a fair bit of swearing, even though I have vowed to stop, the only times I seem to swear now is while doing DIY or volleyball, personally I think that’s excusable.

Last (but obviously not least!!!) for anyone interested I will be doing a talk at the next Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Group meeting on Tuesday the 7th of June at 19:30 at the YMCA on Mansfield Road. I have entitled the talk “A rambling session from Dan about his life with Diabetes and obtaining and operating an insulin pump“. I think that may perhaps be overkill in terms of wordcount for the title of a talk but I asked Alex and she didn’t disagree so that’s what it is. I will be talking about my life up to now with Diabetes along with information on how I managed to persuade the NHS to give me an insulin pump and how my life has been since getting it. Feel free to come along if you are interested.

That’s it for now, back when I get some more spare time!

That’s a Bit Random

Blood Test Sticks

Blood Test Sticks

Still seem to be dropping in the afternoons, got home yesterday after picking the Little ‘Un up from nursery and was 2.5mmol/l after making tea. This was after a test a couple of hours before which was 3.5mmol/l when the pump did a -0.8 units on my dose to try and get me back to where I should have been. Guessing I need to get fasting again!!!

Had a slightly better BM this morning, still a bit high but did a test a couple of hours after breakfast and it had gone up to 17.0mmol/l which was a bit of a shock. Not sure if my body is still trying to throw off the trauma of two weeks of getting up late and eating whatever I wanted?

Sadly forgot to pack a new box of blood test sticks in my bag so my last test was when I had my lunch at 11am this morning, so I had a couple of chocolates from a box on one of my colleagues’ desks to try and make sure I don’t drop before I get home so it’ll be interesting to see what my blood sugar is when I get home and get the chance to do a test.

Down and Up

Up and Down

Up and Down

Don’t have much time to write today as I’ve been fairly busy with other bits and pieces…

Well the night time/morning results seem to be coming back to nearer where they should be at least! had a slightly earlier supper last night at 20:53 then actually managed to get out of bed before I went to sleep and was 4.1mmol/l at 23:18!

Then got up this morning and was 12.8mmol/l at 06:35. This is an improvement and just goes to show that holidays obviously have a bigger effect on control than I previously realised.

Am going to try and be a bit more of a fascist about my carbohydrate counting over the next few days just because I’m hoping that it might sort out the ups and downs I’ve been having since I got back from Dorset.

Baby, I’m Back!

Baby, I'm Back!

Baby, I'm Back!

Well, back to Nottingham, home and work. I apologise for not posting once while I was away but frankly I was too busy not going near any computers to worry about it.

My time away from work started fairly quietly with a bit of DIY in the first week, the best part of which is that it’s pretty much all finished so I can finally relax a bit, my blood sugars were okay and for the most part I had quite a successful week, also spent some time with my boy and my wife which was nice.

Then on the Friday (thanks Dee!) we set off for Dorset and my Parents house, the drive down was pretty good and fairly quiet because there was some kind of wedding going on at the same time, it was a nice drive, the rest of Friday was spent preparing for the Little ‘Un’s party on Saturday, blowing up balloons and helping Deanne make lovely food for the next day.

Saturday came and with it my entire family (more or less) that is Mike, Lilian, Paul, Kim, Marc, Linda, Ben, Richard, Ana, Rachel, Mark, Marcel, Deanne, Joshua, Daniel (e.g. me!) Everyone either a blood or marital relation or as near as is possible without an infusion.

It was a really nice sunny day and we ate lots of food, drank quite a lot of wine and sparkling rosé and played Boules in the back garden, a good time was had by all and it went better than I could have hoped for.

After everyone had gone home and we had cleared up we got ready for our trip to Cornwall. My parents and us stayed in one of these cabins which was fantastic, visited the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan which were both pretty spectacular. My control was a bit up and down, I’m sure you’ll know what that’s like as I can’t be the only one that has issues on holiday when eating unusual food at strange times.

However the worst thing was that I had a catastrophic failure of my infusion set…probably my own fault…but a pain non-the-less.

The chalet we were staying in had a hot tub, which was nice, but I changed my infusion set pretty much on the first evening we arrived. Everything seemed okay but on the last day I should have had it in my blood sugars started rising, I just thought I’d been eating too much so ignored it but then at supper time I wound up the correct dose, hit the confirm button and as the insulin started going in to me it started coming out of the bottom of the sticky plaster that holds the pump on to me.

The reason I mentioned the hot tub is that I believe what happened was that the hot water in the tub affected the sticky plaster over the three or four times I went in it while using the same infusion set/cannulla and therefore it had come loose and come off me enough for the insulin to leak out.

What this actually meant was that I didn’t get my full dose of insulin and at the same time had absolutely no idea how much insulin I had received! Suffice to say the next day my BG was a little high in the morning.

What I should probably have done is waited up a couple of hours and done another blood test to see how I was but it had been a tiring and difficult few days and we had to leave early in the morning so I did not!

Anyway now I’m home I’m hoping that my BGs are going to get back to normal and stop being quite so up (mainly) and down.

Holiday Time, Sort Of!

An Umbrella

Not that Kind of Holiday Sadly 😦

After today the updates may be a bit intermittent for the next couple of weeks as I am not at work for a bit. However I’ll do my best to keep updating every now and again until normal service is resumed.

My blood tests yesterday afternoon did not finish as I expected staying pretty much where they started for the rest of the tests, even going up a bit towards 6pm. I believe the reason for this is because once again I’m not entirely well, I have a sore throat, a cough and am apparently snoring like a herd of Aberdeen Angus (sorry Dee)! What with this and my annual leave I’m going to leave the fasting blood tests until after I’m back at work again.

I also badly misjudged the amount of mashed potato I had served myself at dinner time last night and ended up with a blood sugar around 18mmol/l which just goes to show that you’re much better to check if you’re not sure, which I wasn’t!

My time off work is going to be spent doing a variety of things including trips to Dorset and Cornwall, another (final) birthday party for the Little ‘Un and a host of DIY tasks at home so it should be a good test of my pump management skills.

The party should be good as all three of my brothers are making it, even the one who lives in Brazil, so it’s a nice way to celebrate my son’s first birthday, even if it is nearly a month after his actual birthday. There will be cake and chocolate and all manner of interesting foods.

Talking of tasty food I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but Deanne is from Australia and with it being ANZAC day we should be having ANZAC biscuits on Monday (the 25th of April) so I need to figure out how much carbohydrate they have in them, not such an onerous task really 😉

Volleyball tonight should be okay, I’m feeling a little more confident about how to not have hypos and not get too high while playing now but I shouldn’t get too complacent because that is always when things go wrong.

I’ve also got the Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Group website fixed and have updated that, including details of the talk I will be doing on the 7th of June on how I went about getting hold of my insulin pump and then how I’ve been dealing with adjusting to having it so be sure to check that out and keep the date clear in your diary.

So for the time being I’ll sign off and until I’m next on-line I’ll bid you farewell and have a nice bank holiday.

Faster, Faster!

Not Very High Blood Sugar

Not Very High Blood Sugar

A couple of interesting things to say today, first of all is that I woke up this morning and needed a pee and a drink and thought ‘I must be sugary’, I went to the lavatory and then grabbed a swift drink then did a blood test.

It was 10.5mmol/l

I was surprised by this partly because it isn’t very high and partly because I think it is an indicator that my sensitivity to anomalous blood sugars is obviously getting stronger, e.g. I am noticing feeling low/sugary more because I am between “normal limits” for more of the time. This is excellent because it means that heading onwards and as I get my blood sugar under even better control that I should be able to figure out much earlier if I am rising or dropping and therefore need a bolus or something to eat.

Second thing is that I am doing another lot of fasting blood glucose tests this afternoon! I’ve been hanging about the 8mmol/l mark since I started but I suspect another drop is headed in my direction before the last test at 6pm. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

By Golly I Almost Have It

Dextrose Tablets

Dextrose Tablets

As mentioned yesterday I had a volleyball game last night, it was quite a good game as it was the last in the season and we beat one of the better teams in the league by three sets to none 🙂 however more exciting than that was before the game my blood sugar was at about eight and after the game it was about the same.

I was kind of expecting to drop to be low when I woke up this morning but it was about nine and a half so if anything I could probably have had a full dose instead of setting it for exercise when I had my supper after the game.

In other news I’m going to attempt to do my afternoon fasting blood glucose again tomorrow because I just did a blood test and was 3.4mmol/l which is obviously a bit low. Therefore please excuse any spelling mistakes that may be included in this particular post until the dextrose have kicked in 😛

Hopefully I can get to a stage before too long where I can stop having the afternoon hypos but of course being Diabetic I guess that there is no way you can permanently avoid them unless you run high all the time which causes more long term issues and complications than being low. Just one of those Diabetes things that people without it probably can’t really comprehend. Talking of which I’m considering what my options are in terms of future posts on the blog? I will definitely keep posting information about how the pump is going but would like to invite suggestions as to what other Type 1 based things people might like me to write about. I have a veritable cornucopia of experience having had Diabetes for nearly 35 years now so feel free to post your suggestions.

However I might not start diversifying with my topics until after I’ve spoken at the next Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Group Meeting in June (I think!?) as otherwise I might run out of material for that :-S

Bats, Alcohol and a Garage

A Bat

A Bat

Sorry if they were helping you to keep track but after Ben commented last week that he thought a blood test monitor didn’t even go up to 42 I have decided to stop using the numbers at the start of each post 😉

Friday night was fairly quiet, Deanne was out at Nottingham University attending a talk on bats, which meant I had the night in on my own so I did a bit of house tidying and a bit of painting. probably not the most exciting evening but my control was fine and it meant I had something to do for the night.

Saturday however was a different matter, had a fairly late morning only getting up at 8am, we went for a drive round some furniture shops to try and find a wardrobe for the Little-‘Un’s bedroom, found a suitable candidate but it was obviously pretty hard work ’cause I was low by half twelve. had some friends round in the afternoon so mainly just sat around chatting and playing with the babies.

In the evening however I went along to the Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Group night out at Fat Cat’s bar in Nottingham. It was a good night and a lot of people came along, it was nice to meet everyone and have a night talking about all things Diabetes related including pumps, injections, hypos, and many other things too diverse to mention. If you didn’t make it then you missed an interesting evening.

It did however mean that I had a number of beers, which I haven’t done since starting the pump, unlike the wine I normally drink beer does actually contain carbohydrates which meant that when I did a blood test at half eleven my blood sugar had gone up to 10mmol/l, not hugely high but higher than it should have been, therefore as a future note to self “if I’m drinking beer I need to do more blood tests”!

Went home and had supper and was fine but when I got up the next morning I was low at 2.5mmol/l so apparently when I adjusted at near midnight I hadn’t taken in to account the drop that invariably comes after drinking. Oops!

Sunday was mostly spent tidying the shed in our back garden. The best bit of which was that I actually finished doing it and now have a useable space in which we can find things when we need them and keep things while we don’t. Was quite pleased with myself as I managed to only go low once while I was doing the thinking/physical exercise that the job involved, survived by eating occasional packets of crisps and having the odd chocolate cookie with an exercise adjustment.

Tonight I have a volleyball match which I’m hoping I’m going to manage better than the one I had last week but only time will tell.

Forty Six – Volleyball-A-Go-Go

50 Percent Off

50 Percent Off

The change to my basal rate in the afternoon seemed to work okay because yesterday I was 3.7mmol/l at about 6pm and having just done a blood test I’m 4.8 which is a little low but not hypo at least! I suspect another couple of fasting afternoons may be necessary to get myelf completely sorted but I’ll worry about that when I get the chance to do them! I might also do some micro adjustments on my morning doses at some point to try and get the slight peaks I have later in the morning a bit flatter.

So, to the main issue, I went to volleyball last night and tried to manage my blood sugar using a mixture of the exercise setting on the pump, a temporary basal rate, jelly baby therapy and extreme violence (okay, no “extreme violence”, it’s a quote. Ten points to whoever can identify it first!). I dropped my basal rate to 50% and had an exercise dose for my dinner at 6pm. Got to volleyball at about 8 and started practice then realised I was feeling a little low by about quarter past.

I didn’t do a blood test just had four jelly babies, followed five minutes later by another four ’cause I was still feeling a bit light headed, after that I just played on! Did a blood test at about 9:40 and it was 5.5mmo/l which is a lot better than any previous attempts I’ve made to control myself through the rigours of volleyball. Did another test at about quarter past ten after finishing and it was 4.4, had some supper and again set the exercise dose on my monitor.

Woke up this morning and I was 4.9mmol/l which is AMAZING!!!

So next time I might try having four jelly babies before I start practice and then another four after the warm up and see how I go from there.

So once again I’d like to thank the staff at City Hospital’s Diabetes Unit for all their help and encouragement, they are stars.

Forty Four – Low and Proud

Low Blood Sugar

Low Blood Sugar

This is going to be a short one because I suspect I’ll be low before too long, but don’t fret, it’s a controlled low 😉

I’m doing my afternoon fasting tests again and this time I’m actually getting the sort of results I’d expectwas stable at around 6 until 3pm when I was 4.4 and then at 4.01pm I was 3.9. As I suggest I suspect if I manage to wait until five o’clock I’ll be low but at least now I can adjust my doses and make a start on normalising my afternoon basal doses, which will frankly be a massive relief to Deanne and myself!

Told you it’d be a short one!

Forty Two – Don’t Panic…

Don't Panic

Don't Panic

Well that was wierd. I was suspecting my last couple of blood tests to head swiftly downwards yesterday afternoon but the last one had gone up from the relatively stable 6 or 7 that the earlier ones had been by nine mmol/l and I ended up on the last one at 15.0???

I do however think this is an abberation and so will be doing another afternoon fasting test before I think about adjusting my basal rate for the afternoons.

The volleyball match was okay but I only played one set and hideously overcompensated for my previous few sessions undereating and ended up pretty high (shouldn’t have mixed the jelly babies and fanta tropical drink!) but at least I know what I have to do now, it’s just a case of getting the doses of carbohydrates right for the amount of exercise I do.

Today has been okay although I had a bit of a low patch between 9am and 1pm but have been fine since.

Apart from that I have promised myself that I am going to stop swearing. I’m trying to go cold turkey but it’s actually a lot harder than it seems when you’ve worked in engineering and IT in your career. Some of the guys I knew in engineering used to know words that I didn’t even recognise or understand and had to look them up or ask someone else afterwards. These were then of course written in to my vocabulary and have been in common usage by me ever since.

I doubt this will affect my control but you never know, perhaps I’ll be more relaxed!

Thirty Nine, Forty, Forty One – We’re All Going To The Zoo Tomorrow…

A Bit Like Our Shed

A Bit Like Our Shed

…actually that’s a lie, we went to the zoo on Saturday!

It was the Little ‘Un’s birthday on Sunday so we had a big birthday weekend, on Saturday Deanne and I and the young ‘un went to Twycross Zoo, I started off very well writing down all my blood test results in the little book and trying to accurately judge what I was eating (ice creams, etc.) but by 11am had given up completely and was just trying to play it by ear. The main reason for me giving up was because my blood sugar was dropping like a rock and so I had to keep doing blood tests and eating to try and keep up with the high level of carbohydrate that pushing a pushchair and carrying a one year old round a zoo entails.

A good day but a very tiring day.

Sunday was pretty good, didn’t do a great deal in the morning (opening baby presents, playing with new toys, going to the toilet on a potty (him, not me!!!)) but in the afternoon while the weather was hot I decided to start clearing the garden shed out. To understand this fully it is worth mentioning that our shed (prior to me starting this) looked very much like one of those old shops you go in that have bits and pieces of everything stacked higgledy-piggledy on top of, inside and around each other with a blatant disregard for health and safety.

So I started by clearing a lot of stuff out of it, then screwing some hooks up so I could hang some things up to save floor space, then I started chucking out old rubbish and filing stuff in to boxes.

Interesting as this probably isn’t to read what it meant is that I had to do a lot of blood tests and have quite  an amount of carbohydrate-y things over the course of the afternoon – which I did! Although the work wasn’t particularly back breaking it was constant and so my blood sugar just kept going down. More on this phenomenon in a minute though.

Today started with a high blood sugar, mainly because I had a piece of birthday cake with dinner last night and failed to calculate the carbohydrate correclty apparently. However everything settled down enough by lunch time in order that…wait for it…I’ve finally managed to do my afternoon fasting blood glucose tests. Hooray 🙂

So far all is going well with a small surprise of my BM taking a swift upwards turn from about six to about nine at 4pm. This has shocked me because I was expecting it to start dipping about then, however I’m still guessing that I’ll be low before the end of the results. But don’t quote me on that.

I also managed to speak to the Diabetes Nurse this morning about my exercise rates and she pointed out something quite obvious which is that just because I have gone on to pump therapy doesn’t mean I don’t need to have carbohydrate while I’m exercising! So tonight I have a volleyball match and so I am going to have drink/food while I am playing to keep my blood sugar at a sensible level, as well as using a temporary basal rate and the exercise setting on my pump.

Frankly I should have realised this myself and/or called them up much earlier, but there are such a lot of things to consider when initially using a pump that you just have to try and address them one at a time.

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